Vintage Hartlepool tea room welcomes guests after changing ownership
Glady’s Vintage Tea Room, on the front, in Seaton Carew, reopened for breakfast and afternoon tea.
Glady’s delights its customers with its nostalgic 1940s theme, authentic accessories and period costumes.
New owner Jacky Ferry, 52, works the tearoom alongside his sister Lisa Leask, 51, who prepares everything for the snack, and cousin Leanne Arkley, 49.
Jacky, a mother of four from the Clavering district of the city, is committed to preserving the original character of the place that regulars already know.
But she also added exciting new touches in keeping with the traditions of the established business and the legacy of her own family.
Some menu items are named after famous WWII figures, and patrons will also spot a black-and-white photograph of a woman as they enter the premises.
Image shows Jacky’s beloved chick Mary Hunter, who was also from Hartlepool
“There are little touches in the tea room. People might not notice them, but we do. We kind of kept people’s memories.
“They would have loved to be here at the opening, so we figured they were here with us, but in spirit.”
Since its reopening, the tearoom has seen a vibrant business, with mornings and afternoons particularly busy and chic fish fingers being one of the most popular things on the menu.
Jacky, whose father was in the Royal Ordnance Corps and whose mother was a cook in the military, said the opening had left her “moved by the fact that there was all this support there”.
The Dyke House School alumnus added, “It’s going to be a learning curve for everyone.
“Everyone was helped, the family really supported me. “
Glady’s Vintage tearoom is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.
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